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    Re: Master Hood's cross-staff. was Re: The backstaff....
    From: Michael Daly
    Date: 2007 Nov 07, 18:09 -0500

    Nicol�s de Hilster wrote:
    
    > Nope, I did not hide it on my web site, it simply was not there yet, but 
    > it is now. Information on Master Hood's cross-staff is now available 
    > from: http://www.dehilster.info/instrumenten/masterhood/index.html
    
    Cool!
    
    Today, I had to go into the city, so I spent the afternoon at the 
    reference library and went through 5 books on the history of marine 
    navigation, including May's*.  I got to see some diagrams of it and 
    other instruments I'd not seen before.  May's book is a good source for 
    history buffs.
    
    Looking at your web page, I saw the note about finding a way to hold the 
    Hood instrument level.  May's book states that you hold it against your 
    torso (!) but D.W. Waters** says it should be held to the eye and the 
    horizon sighted to ensure it's level.  May mentions what you find - the 
    wind is a problem with such an instrument.
    
    *  A History of Marine navigation
    ** The Art of Navigation in England in ELizabethan and Early Stuart Times.
    
    
    You are doing some amazing stuff.  I'm both impressed and envious.  Keep 
    it up!
    
    Mike
    
    
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